Which Should Come First

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  1. revmjm profile image86
    revmjmposted 2 years ago

    Which should come first in your hub: your text and then the photo representing the text, or the photo and then the text?

    1. Sue Adams profile image97
      Sue Adamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I put the photo first but there is no rule. As long as the picture is visible above the fold when an article first appears, I guess a short amount of text before the picture is OK.
      Pictures speak louder than words, so it is , in my opinion, a good idea to show the first picture at first glance.

      1. revmjm profile image86
        revmjmposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Sue, thank you for your response. I will try that method based on your opinion.   I had been writing the text first and then the photo, but your opinion seems to be a better way of doing ti.

  2. Marisa Wright profile image97
    Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago

    The latest view of internet gurus is that a "hero shot" (a big picture at the top of your article) is the best way to catch a reader's attention.

    HOWEVER I am seeing far too many people take that advice and use it improperly.

    The idea of the "hero shot" comes from marketing a product or service.  The most effective way to sell the product is to show people a picture of it looking absolutely fabulous.  The best way to sell a service is to show people a picture of people enjoying the service.  So it's pretty easy to know what picture to use.  But on an informational article, it takes thought to find the right picture - choose the wrong one and you're sunk.

    When people arrive at a Hub, they're usually been searching for the answer to a question or how to solve a problem.  You've got a few seconds to convince that visitor you've got the answer.   If you use a picture that sends that message, that's great. If it doesn't, the visitor will just click the "back" button and try another link.

    The example I usually give is someone Googling to find information on fishing brown trout. 

    If he arrives at a Hub and it has a "hero shot" of the author in his boat holding a beautiful brown trout that he's just caught, the visitor will think, "this guy really knows how to fish, I'll scroll down and read his advice".   

    But if he arrives at the Hub and the "hero shot" is a cute shot of the author and his kids having fun fishing, he'll think, "this guy is just an amateur like me" and will click back to find something better.

    Bottom line, if you can't find a photo that's going to grab your reader and keep them on the page, you're better off starting with some text that will grab the reader and keep them on the page.

    1. revmjm profile image86
      revmjmposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      WOW! Marisa Wright. You explained it in a nutshell. Thanks for your comments and the "fish" illustration.

  3. Sue Adams profile image97
    Sue Adamsposted 2 years ago

    Good point Marisa: The trick is to catch readers' attention and keep them on the page.

    I sometimes use a meme or info graphic  (a photo with a few words on it) as the first thing people see. This method has 2 advantages:
    1. You can write a few words on the picture that complement the title, so the title can remain fairly short.
    2. Such a picture is handy to share on social media like Pinterest, Facebook, Google Plus and Flipboard.

    1. revmjm profile image86
      revmjmposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Sue, you have been so helpful. Thanks for your input!

  4. janshares profile image94
    jansharesposted 2 years ago

    Sue and Marisa have given excellent advice. I always put a photo first. Unless it's my own, it takes a very long time to find the right photo. It can take longer than writing the article! I obsess about finding the most appropriate and eye-catching image for the reasons Marisa stated.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The important point is that it's not enough for it be eye-catching:  it must give the reader confidence that you can answer their question or solve their problem.  That's not always easy to convey in a photo, which is why sometimes a sentence or two of text is needed.  You have to consider each Hub on its own merits.

    2. revmjm profile image86
      revmjmposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Janshares,  Marisa Wright, and others: You have all been very helpful with your advice. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about what works for you!

  5. Mark Ewbie profile image84
    Mark Ewbieposted 2 years ago

    This is the best brown trout I could do at short notice.


    1. revmjm profile image86
      revmjmposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the illustration, Mark!

    2. Will Apse profile image90
      Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Looks suspiciously like a piece of French bread. That would get you lynched in some parts of Brexit land.


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